From the Hangar Floor: Canadian PBY to Fly Again Soon

From the Hangar Floor: Canadian PBY to Fly Again Soon

The Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) in Alberta, Canada, is nearing the culmination of a dream that started nearly 10 years ago: to restore a PBY5-A, known north of the border as a Canso, to flying condition. The group, founded by farmer Don Wieben and five of his friends, recovered the airplane from the shore of Sitigi Lake in the Northwest Territories in 2008, where it sat since a crash in 2001. FARS has announced that the flying boat will fly this summer. Learn more about this remarkable restoration at Save the Canso, the FARS blog.

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Hal, EAA Lifetime 638979, is senior editor for EAA digital and print content and publications, co-author of two books, and a lifelong pilot and aviation geek. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at halbryan or e-mail him at